The Minnesota

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Established May 11, 1897 - Incorporated 1924

2011 Minnesotan of the Year

Minnesotan of the Year

Annette Atkins


Annette Atkins received her B.A. from Southwest State in Marshall, Minnesota.  She went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.  She accepted a one year position at St. John's/St. Benedict's in 1980, and has remained at the Collegeville campuses ever since!


Her history of Minnesota, entitled "Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out"  was published in 2007. In addition, "Harvest of Grief: Grasshopper Plagues and Public Assistance in Minnesota" recounted the grasshopper plagues of the 1870's, and "We Grew Up Together: Brothers and Sisters in Nineteenth Century America."

All three books are available on Amazon.com 

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